Last night, the UCLA Bruins picked up two new commitments for the 2019 recruiting class.
One of those is 3-star defensive back Shamar Martin from Morse HS in San Diego. Martin chose UCLA last night over eight other Pac-12 schools.
Arizona State made a late push after Martin visited Tempe last week, but he also had offers from Southern Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Arizona.
According to Brandon Huffman of 247Sports, Martin is following “his best friend and Morse teammate Martell Irby, who will be a freshman with the Bruins this fall after signing with the Bruins in the 2018 class.” If I had to guess that was probably a factor that helped increase his desire to come to UCLA.
Of course, his size probably played a factor in the decision by the Bruin coaching staff to make Martin an offer. His Hudl.com profile lists Martin at 6’0” tall and 174 pounds. Despite that size, he’s also quick. He runs a 4.42 40-yard dash.
Let’s take a look at his junior year highlights.
In the second play in the video, you can see Martin use his quickness to recover after his opponent managed to make a move to the outside while Martin was anticipating that he would come across the middle. Martin recovers almost immediately and makes the interception. Overall, it’s a really nice play.
After watching his entire highlight reel, it’s easy to see why Chip Kelly offered the speedy Martin and I’m glad that he will be joining the Bruins rather than any of the other Pac-12 schools which offered him.
Welcome to Westwood, Shamar!